Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has been rumored to have an interest in being traded to the L.A. Lakers. One thing needs to be answered, however, before Los Angeles can acquire the three-time defensive player of the year.
Are Jerry and Jim Buss willing to trade Andrew Bynum?
It’s laughable really.
Dwight Howard is the best center in the NBA, but the Lakers won’t trade their oft-injured underachieving man in the middle to gain his services. This issue came forward when Carmelo Anthony was on the trade block. The Lakers were interested, but if it took Andrew Bynum to get him, then no can do.
What do they expect out of this guy? Has he shown flashes of dominance? Sure, but so did Tyrus Thomas.
Bynum is by far the most overvalued player in the NBA, both by the Lakers and by the team trying to trade for him. He will never be a great center in the NBA. Look at what the great centers of the last 20 years did in their fifth year in the league. Then look at Bynum. It’s a joke.
Howard is a great center, and he’s still young. He’s 25, only two years older than Bynum. It's not like the Lakers are jeopardizing their future by trading for him. Bynum averaged 11.3 PPG and 9.4 RPG last season.
When Howard was 23, he averaged 20.6 PPG and led the league in rebounding at 13.8 per game. He also led the league in blocks at 2.9 per game and won defensive player of the year.
Bynum has only played one full season in the league. But Howard is remarkably healthy for a big man. In seven seasons in the NBA, Howard has missed a total of seven games; Bynum missed the first 24 games of last season, and has missed 160 games through six seasons with the Lakers.
So what’s the issue? Why do the Busses have a blind-man crush on Bynum?
It reminds me of an episode of Seinfeld. George leaves a message for a woman’s boyfriend so that he can ask him how he got such a good-looking girlfriend. The woman invites George inside her apartment, but he decides to go home so he can wait for the boyfriend to call him back.
If the Lakers have a shot at getting Dwight Howard, they have to take it. It’s time to quit sitting around, waiting for Bynum to suddenly improve into a star. The injury bug just doesn’t stop biting certain big men, as the Rockets learned the hard way with Yao Ming.
Don’t be like George and end up empty handed. Pull the trigger guys.